Ruth Dyson remains passionate and energetic about the values at the heart of the Labour Party. Having joined as a teenager, Ruth was involved in numerous women’s organisations, environmental groups and social movements during the early 1970s.
She held a number of positions within the Party, including Women’s Representative, Executive Member, Senior Vice President, before becoming the Party’s President in 1988.
Ruth was elected to Parliament for the seat of Lyttelton at the 1993 election, a seat which she has held through various boundary changes under three different names; yet a community she still passionately represents today.
Throughout the past 26 years, Ruth has made her mark in a number of policy areas, including disability issues, social development, senior citizens, and ACC. She was a Cabinet Minister under Helen Clark, and was made Chief Government Whip following the 2017 election. Ruth has recently been appointed the role of Assistant Speaker.
As the MP of Port Hills, Ruth continues to take an active role in representing the Christchurch community, especially in the earthquake recovery space. She is committed to ensuring Parliament is an increasingly inclusive place, and hopes to empower people, young and old, to take an active role in public advocacy at all levels.